The newly rehabilitated 36 kilometer Pont Casse to Melville Hall Highway is now officially open and has been named after a former President of Dominica, Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool.
The naming ceremony for the Dr. Nicholas Liverpool Highway was held in an area adjacent to the Pond Casse round-about on Saturday 1st November 2014.
“Ladies and gentlemen, on this the 1st day of November, 2014 it gives me great pleasure to name the highway from Pond Casse to the Douglas-Charles Airport, the Dr. Nicholas Liverpool highway,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.
“Dr. Liverpool has been a good and faithful servant of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the region,” the Prime Minister said pointing out that he (Dr. Liverpool) has made outstanding contributions to the Caribbean jurisprudence, and had overcome challenges along the way to rise to the top of his profession.
“May his example inspire Dominicans to be achievers and not complainers,” Skerrit said, “Just as Dr. Liverpool took the high road to success, may this 36 km of highway may it the road open up new opportunities for success to those who live along and who use it regularly. May those who use this highway remember the man after whom it was named, as a person who loved this country more than anything else, and a man who rose above politics to ensure that what he did, was for the good of this country and those who call it home.”
In response, Dr. Liverpool said he was grateful for the honor.
“On behalf of all the members of my family, I must say how grateful we all are for this honor bestowed upon me today”.
The former president who just turned 80, said that he recently received an award from the Dominican Bar Association for his starting contribution to jurisprudence and his continued support.
He also received an award from the Toronto Association of Grand Bay at the recent Grand Bay Reunion and is the holder of the Dominica Award of Honor, among others.
Dr. Liverpool served as President of the Commonwealth of Dominica from 2nd October 2003 – 12th September 2012. He demitted office one year early due to health reasons.
He was the 6th president of Dominica.
The Melville Hall to Pont Casse road rehabilitation project which was fraught with delays, was completed a little more than two years after its June 2012 deadline.